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Prescott goes to the dogs this weekend

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Prescott goes to the dogs this weekend

PRESCOTT - Dogs and their owners throughout Canada will be taking to the streets this weekend for the annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, and participants, both furry and otherwise, are invited to participate in the local event hosted by Prescott's Pet Valu.

The event has been going on for more than 30 years, and the walks take place in nearly 250 different communities across the country. The money raised from the events goes to support the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, which runs six different programs that provide guide dogs free of charge to those with a variety of physical disabilities and medical conditions.

Since 1985, the annual national campaign has raised more than $14 million in support of the program, and last year alone, the walk raised more than $1.3 million from participants across Canada.

The walk is open to anybody who wants to support the cause, whether one is accompanied by a dog or not, and in Prescott, the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides will be held Sunday, May 28, beginning at the Pet Valu store located at 305 King Street.

Walkers will depart at 11:30 a.m., but participants must first register, and registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Organizers ask that those interested in taking part stop by the store to pick up a registration form before they go out to collect pledges. Prizes will be awarded for those individuals who raise the most money.

It takes about $25,000 to train a guide dog, and over the years, the Lions Club has provided a specially-trained animal to more than 2,500 Canadians in need of the invaluable assistance a guide dog can provide.

More information about the event can be found online at walkfordogguides.com, and about the local walk by calling 613-925-2921 or emailing pv2315@petvalu.net.

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